Wilson Combat Sentinel Compact

sentinel compact

Fresh on the heels of the new Sentinel Professional, Wilson Combat announced the Sentinel Compact. The new handgun is similar to the Professional, but is in a smaller package.

Wilson Combat takes their shortest carbon steel slide and mates it to the company’s carbon steel, compact 1911 frame. The obvious intent is to produce a small pistol that is easy to carry for self defense. However, unlike many CCW style handguns, the Sentinel Compact is designed as much for looks and luxury as it is for serious work.

The handgun is chambered in both 9mm and .38 Super. Wilson Combat states the 9mm magazines will hold eight rounds, but do not give a capacity for the .38 Super loading.

The pistol has a green fiber optic front sight that pairs with a rear Battlesight. The barrel is 3.6″ long and has a flush, reverse crown. The barrel is considered to be match grade and is fluted. The chamber is also fluted.

The suggested retail price on this pistol is $3,750. That is the base price. Additional options and customizations can drive the price up from there. While this is outside of the price range many people are willing to spend on a pistol, Wilson Combat has a devoted customer base who is quite satisfied with the quality and functioning of the products they have purchased.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Kovacs Jeno

    another expensive “custom” m1911. YAWN.

  • Giolli Joker

    “Fresh on the heels of the new Sentinel Professional, Wilson Combat announced the Sentinel Compact.”

    OK, let’s just to an overall CTRL+C – CTRL+V on the comment section from there. 🙂

  • Bill

    “While this is outside of the price range many people are willing to spend on a pistol, Wilson Combat has a devoted customer base who is quite satisfied with the quality and functioning of the products they have purchased.”

    I wish I wasn’t a prole, and wont begrudge those who can afford this. If I had the disposal income and an Audi R8 and an Omega SeaMaster and a Canadian supermodel trophy wife and a lap pool and gold-plated Vice-Grips, heck yes I’d buy Wilson products

    • Rodney Jenkins

      Why would you go so cheap with a Omega?

      • DIR911911 .

        talk about totally missing the point

      • Bill

        Because I can’t spell Ademars Pigout or Brightline.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Alternate story: “Ultra expensive firearms manufacturer Wilson Combat has released yet another ultra expensive 1911 style pistol that is virtually indistinguishable from the last twenty they put out.”

  • USMC03Vet

    To be completely honest the only reason I click on Wilson Combat articles on TFB is to laugh at the prices.

    • Uniform223

      yeah there stuff is expensive. Lets be honest at some point you’re paying for the build and for the brand name. A good example of this is H&K.

      • Kivaari

        I stopped buying HKs over 15 years ago. The last SIG was about 15 years ago as well. It was a new polymer frame .40 S&W pistol that simply did not work. I had it for a couple weeks and can’t even remember what model it was.

    • RickH

      Yeah I agree, it’s at that point I don’t even feel that these deserve a comment. But hey, I guess I just did! LOL! What’s even funnier is that Wilson’s did my first combat job on my Colt Govt. model back in 1981.

    • Yallan

      Well I just click on them to read the comments bagging this ‘new’ 1911. Here’s a great idea for a 1911 maker, make a model called the “Reliable-DoubleStack-1911”, whose best feature is that it’s reliable at the cost of less accuracy, also double stack. The 1911 single stack shouldn’t exist.

  • Spencerhut

    There I fixed it for you. Dan Wesson ECO 9mm at less than half the price. It’s never had a malfunction in ~1k rounds.

    • colalnd

      Single stack 9mm? Pocket or womans gun?

  • MeaCulpa

    I’m not exactly a huge fan of the 1911, but, I do get why people like them and all the custom builds that at least looks 1911ish and some of them truly looks luxurious. This thing doesn’t exactly scream luxury if you look at the mag plate and where the grip panel ends in the bottom, it doesn’t look like a four grand gun at all.

    • That is just a by-product of Bill Wilson’s competition background. Competitors prefer an extended baseplate to assist the seating of the magazine during reloads. There is nothing to stop you from using a flush-fitting magazine like an original Colt with a welded baseplate or a Metalform with a thin removable baseplate.

  • Kivaari

    These pistols are not worth the asking price. It does look good compared to new Colt pistols. If it had a shorter trigger pull distance and sold for $499, it would be a winner.

  • will_ford

    You need to take a second mortgage to buy a wilson

  • Gorilla Biscuit

    Perfect new 1911 for Steven Seagal’s panda!!!

  • Ben

    Not sure what’s higher these days, pony tax or Wilson tax?